LONDON---The 2012 London Olympics may have spent $42 million to stage its massively theatrical opening ceremony, but hardly any of that money went to the man who closed the evening with a rendition of “Hey Jude.”
Paul McCartney performed for an unprincely sum of 1 pound — about $1.50 — at Olympic Stadium on Friday night.
The former Beatle and other musicians in the Danny Boyle-directed extravaganza, such as Mike Oldfield and Emeli Sandé, offered to play for free but were paid a pittance for contractual purposes.
That meant they sang for less than 1/20 of the cost of the least expensive seat in the house that night.
“Mind you, I haven’t received anything yet,” Sandé told the Telegraph. “When I do, though, that 1 pound will be truly special.”